Raymond Yiu’s symphony, premiered tonight at the BBC Proms, is founded on personal memories of the 1980s Aids crisis and wound around Thom Gunn’s poem, In the Time of Plague.
Raymond tells his local newspaper: ‘When I first came to London (from Hong Kong) AIDS seemed to encircle my life. People just vanished, everyone was afraid. And it’s something that stays with me in my mind. You don’t forget something like that.’
It’s tonight, 7.30, here. Not to be missed.